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Alain de Botton
country of citizenship:
Switzerland, United Kingdom
educated at: Harrow School, Dragon School, Gonville and Caius College, King's College London
occupation: writer, philosopher, publisher, journalist
award received: Prix Européen de l'Essai Charles Veillon, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Alain de Botton, FRSL (; born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. He published Essays in Love (1993), which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), Status Anxiety (2004) and The Architecture of Happiness (2006).
He co-founded The School of Life in 2008 and Living Architecture in 2009. In 2015, he was awarded "The Fellowship of Schopenhauer", an annual writers' award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work.
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